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Country Energy Situation - Template

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Guidelines for the Country Energy Situation Pages on energypedia

  • Please follow the structure proposed and make sure your entries answer the guiding questions.

Guide to updating 'Country Energy Situation' Articles


Guiding questions


1 Introduction
  • Give a short introduction of the country's energy situation, status quo including energy supply and consumption. If this is too much information, split into sub headings
  • What is the overall situation? What is the energy access situation like?
  • What are the “hot topics of energy policy in the country? What is the common mood about security of supply, energy prices and competition?
  • 3-6 paragraphs
2 Energy Situation
  • general data on energy production, installed capacity, supply / consumption, energy mix (historical background; current situation; future scenarios)
  • How does the energy transition look like?
  • What ́s the energy demand of the different sectors and what is their primary energy source? What is known about the load profiles of different customers?
  • Rural electrification situation vs urban situation
  • Energy subsidies; Energy security
  • Percentage split of centralized and decentralized systems
  • Rather present the data in figures & tables, than long texts
3 Renewable Energy
        3.1 Biomass
        3.2 Solar Energy
        3.3 Hydropower
        3.4 Wind Energy
        3.5 Geothermal Energy
  • What are the most important renewable energy sources? What is the status of renewables in different sectors? To what % do they contribute to energy supply/use? What is their potential?

4 Fossil Fuels [not mandatory]
e.g. LPG, coal

5 Key Problems of the Energy Sector [not mandatory]
  • Please list the biggest Issues and Bottlenecks = key challenges
  • Identify the main challenges to activating a market for the provision of electrification access
  • Preferably in bullet points
6 Networks
  • Overview of current and planned distribution and transmission systems.
  • Number and type of companies, regions that each supplies, voltage levels, number of customers, private or public ownership.
If this chapter seems too long, it could be transferred into a separate article and be linked in this section.
7 Policy Framework, Laws and Regulations
  • Electrification Planning
  • General Energy Policy, Energy Strategy
  • Important Laws and Regulations
  • Specific Strategies
  • Is there a master electrification plan in your country? Describe its main features and if are they being followed?
  • Does the master plan include both centralized and decentralized electrification?
  • Are there specific strategies and targets for: 1. Energy Access 2. Renewable Energy 3. Rural electrification? What are the main features and are they being followed?
  • Are there specific support schemes/subsidies for: 1. Access 2. Rural electrification 3. Off-grid electrification? Please describe these. Are any of these associated to using Renewable Energies? Are subsidies for diesel or kerosene subsidies available?
  • Are there specific strategies / policies for different technologies? (Renewable Energies, Microgrids, Stand Alone Systems, Biomass, etc.) and is current regulation compatibility between these?
  • Is energy part of Poverty reduction strategy papers, NDCs, etc?
  • structured by year or by technology
8 Power Sector Regulation

Identify and describe the major pieces of regulation addressing the following elements:

  • Electrification
  • Renewables
  • Off-grid developments
  • Public/Private Partnerships
  • Industry privatization
  • Wholesale electricity generation (Planning, investment, ownership and remuneration)
  • Distribution (Remuneration, quality of service, ownership)
  • Transmission (planning, charges, ownership)
  • Retail (tariff structures, customers categories)
  • Quality of service
If this chapter seems too long, it could be transferred into a separate article and be linked in this section.
9 Institutional Set up in the Energy Sector
  • What institutions are in charge of preparing the electrification plan? Who is responsible for implementing the plan? Describe the role and responsibilities of each institution.
  • Private sector: who is involved? Utilities?
  • list agencies, abbreviation, web links, and roles (in a table)

10 Other Key Actors / Activities of Donors, Implementing Agencies, Civil Society Organisations

  • Are there any associations for certain energy topics and companies? Since when? What role do they take?
  • Development cooperation: Who are the major players in the field? What is their share in contributing? What type of activities do they do?
  • Are there important research institutions?

11 Business models and Financing

  • Describe the kind of business models that are emerging and if the ownership of these are public or private.
  • Does your country have a well-defined PPA? Please describe.
  • Describe the main financing instruments used to promote electrification and financial risk measure taken by private or public companies
  • Identify the main challenges to activating a market for the provision of electrification access
  • How is the cost of grid-extension covered and is it being extended to rural areas?
  • Describe the level of microgrid penetration and how it is financed
  • Describe the level of Stand Alone System penetration and how it is financed

12 Further Information
  • List of other energypedia articles; other external links
  • learn how to set a link here.
13 References
  • Please make sure to always cite relevant sources!
  • e.g. IEA, WB, ESMAP, CIA factbook, UNEP, etc.

-> Common references for country pages (Continuously updated):

  • Energy Information Administration (EIA) country profiles (e.g. EGYPT)
  • International Energy Agency (IEA) country profiles (e.g. GABON)
  • For any energy-statistics in the Africa region: the African Energy Commission website (AFREC) + African Energy Portal (AEP) country profiles (e.g. DRC)
  • For summarized energy profiles for African countries (Atlas of Africa Energy Sources)
  • Energy statistics and estimates worldwide: The CIA Library - The World Fact-book country profiles (e.g. Bangladesh)
  • Energy Access & Clean Cooking Access statistics: Tracking SDG7 (e.g. Suriname)
  • Renewable Energy Statistics worldwide: IRENA's latest Renewable Energy Statistics Report (e.g. 2019 REPORT)

Guide to creating a new 'Country Energy Situation' Article: Other Information
  1. Create a new page and name it as follows: 'Country' Energy Situation'
  2. Copy the TEMPLATE below by clicking on edit. Paste the template into your new page ('Country' Energy Situation').
  3. Upload the country flag and the map to use it in your page.
  1. Save the Flag as Flag of 'Country'.svg and the map as Location 'Country'.png
  2. Categorize the page with the according country name, according world region and the category 'Country Energy Situation'.
  3. You can add additional information/headlines to your page if you think it is useful.

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TEMPLATE: Copy the following template...


Energy Situation

Renewable Energy

Bioenergy (Biomass, Biogas)

Solar Energy


Wind Energy

Geothermal Energy

Fossil Fuels

Key Problems of the Energy Sector


Policy Framework, Laws and Regulations

Electrification Planning

General Energy Policy, Energy Strategy

Important Laws and Regulations

Specific Strategies

Power Sector Regulation

Institutional Set up in the Energy Sector

Governmental Bodies and Agencies


Activities of Donors and Implementing Agencies

Business models and Financing

Further Information